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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / pens- advice? on: May 06, 2006 11:00:33 AM
I'm looking for a recommendation about pens- I need both fine-tipped and bold, they need to be permanent, and no bleeding or smudging. basically like sharpies, only I think sharpies are kind of crappy, and the fine-tipped sharpies aren't fine enough for what I need.

2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / making a tee bigger? on: December 03, 2005 11:16:30 AM
I've made things smaller with success but I have several shirts that I bought online that are just a tiny bit small for my taste. any suggestions for making them a little bigger? would it look funny if I added fabric in along the sides? I think it would.

any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Goosebumps bedsheet -> Skirt on: August 08, 2005 11:20:17 AM
so this is my first actual post of a project I've done. it's only my 2nd bedsheet skirt and I didn't get to iron the pleats because my brother's dog ate the cord to the iron. Cheesy




I found the sheets at Goodwill along with the fabric I used for the waistband. Total it was about.. $6 or so. and I still have a lot of the striped fabric left, plus enough goosebumps sheet to make another skirt of a different pattern. I'll see if I like that one better.

ps: my belly! ah! don't make fun.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Favorite fabric types / stores? on: August 05, 2005 09:24:44 PM
What're your favorite types of fabric to sew with? What about stores?

I hope this is the right spot for the discussion!

Recently I've just been making stuff out of old bedsheets or dress shirts. I think the light, slightly stretchy feel of a men's dress shirt is perfect for skirts and stuff.

and I discovered a really wonderful fabric store today so I'm hoping to get some recommendations on what kinds of fabrics you enjoy using for different garments.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / I dare you! on: July 25, 2005 09:58:13 PM
..to make Vogue 2714

that's this thing. I told my boyfriend I'd make him one some day. oh ye of little faith! I'd really like to make this gaudy thing so that he'd have to wear it. it's wonderfully funny.

however, I'm a little put off by the sheer amount of fabric needed and everything.

anyways, if you're up for a challenge, I found this awhile ago and it cracked me up. it's very Cruella.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / stretching / thread question on: July 22, 2005 04:30:33 PM
here's my problem. I was using an old tee to make a skirt and when I tried to do the waistband, it came out a bit too small. even though the fabric stretched plenty, the thread didn't.

how do you get around this (aside from not making stuff too small)? it'd be nice for something to have a bit of stretch and normal garments that you buy don't seem to have this problem. is there such thing as stretchy thread?
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Brand New to Knitting! on: June 04, 2005 05:41:12 PM
I've been wanting to learn how to knit for awhile now. So today I picked up a kit with instructions and patterns and the like. I started attempting to cast-on stitch. Wow! I'm so puzzled! does anyone have any tips on books with good instructions, or any helpful advice of their own? how did you first learn to knit, and what would you like to have known then?

thanks in advance, craftsters!
8  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Tried my hand at stencilling on: November 13, 2004 06:53:32 PM
I think this turned out all right- I used a relatively easy stencil 'cause I've never done it before (and okay, I'm a lazy ass). it's meant to be a sparrow. I dyed the shirt today as well. the stencil is on the bottom righthand corner.

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